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|R&D specialist Jumpstart calls for further clarity on Prime Minister’s Industrial Strategy|
|Tuesday, 31 January 2017|
Jumpstart, the UK’s leading Research and Development (R&D) tax relief firm, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s focus on investing in the UK’s R&D capabilities in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Launching proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy to build upon Britain’s strengths, the UK government is preparing to offer a variety of supporting mechanisms, such as addressing regulatory barriers to innovation and resultant growth, as well as further supporting and investing in research and development.
Brian Williamson, Managing Director of Jumpstart said: “We welcome the Government’s continued investment in R&D and innovation, as well as its call to do more to commercialise our world-leading science base and intellectual property.
“However, we would be interested in hearing how the Prime Minister aims to drive innovation and growth throughout the UK, as indicated within the Industrial Strategy. We must take into account recent statistics that illustrate investment in R&D is not evenly spread nationwide.”
Mr Williamson pointed out that companies in Scotland account for just 5.4% of total R&D tax relief claims across the UK. This is in stark contrast to London and the South East of England, which accounted for 19.1% and 17.9% of all claims made respectively.
“With such obvious disparity from one part of the UK to another, it is imperative to focus not only on the obvious areas of historical innovative-importance, but also on those which can produce results which are just as rewarding, such as in Scotland
“The announcement of the Industrial Strategy is a welcome opportunity for UK companies to provide their specialist input on how the government can help reach its economic goals for its committed levels of investment. We look forward to consulting with the Government on it”, he said.
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